The Gruel Cauldron
When the people began to die of hunger, a big cauldron was set up in Rannafast
to make broth or gruel to keep people alive. No-one know where it came from or
who had sent it. Bones were boiled to make the broth and there's no record of
where those bones came from. Anyone who had anything at all to eat or any way of
getting it would get no broth at all. But there weren't many here who could do
that. Everyone got one serving of broth per day. Crouds would be milling around
as they gave out the broth and they'd be pushing and shoving, nearly killing one
another to get up to the cauldron. Everyone was trying to get in before others,
so great was the hunger. No one had mercy for anyone else. At any rate, between
broth and whatever the soil produced and seafood or weeds, they were kept alive,
but barely so. That cauldron was in Rannafast until a few years ago.
Maire ni Gruabba from "Memories of the Famine"
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